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  • Actors: Pete Best, Astrid Kirchherr
  • Directors: Geoff Wonfor
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: French, English, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, German
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Rhino
  • DVD Release Date: 2 Oct. 2006
  • Run Time: 69 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000HDR9JA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 104,723 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


The untold story of the world's most famous band as seen through the eyes of their original drummer Pete Best. Pete's story tells how it really was in Liverpool and in Hamburg in the early 1960s, and how things went wrong for Best just as the band grasped the golden apple. The programme includes copious archive footage and photographs, much of it previously unseen, and early Beatles music including rare early live performance footage.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Gra on 7 Feb. 2007
I had expected yet another Beatles cash in but this is much better than that and is an attempt to produce a proper documentary account - albeit from a particualr perspective. Although the dvd is said to be the story of PB's life it only really covers in detail his early life and his time in the Beatles. Both the main feature and the extra interviews are fascinating and the whole thing is well presented and the material on the Hamburg period is particularly good forming a good supplement to the much briefer coverage in Anthology. Some of the best material is in the extras, the interviews with Brian Poole and Mike Smith being particularly interesting.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S Riaz HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 4 Jan. 2014
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This is one of the best documentaries about the early days of the Beatles; taking in Pete Best's entire time with the band from the early days of the Casbah Coffee Club, their time in Hamburg, the arrival of Brian Epstein, through the Decca Session and up to his dismissal from the band. Although it is a history from the perspective of Pete Best, it is well told and constructed and has wonderful interviews; not only with Pete Best but with so many other people from that time - from Tony Sheridan, Cynthia Lennon, Faron (of Faron and the Flamingos), Ray Ennis, Klaus Voormann, Jurgan Vollmer, Astrid Kirchherr, Bill Harry, Ray McFall and Neil Aspinall. Some of those interviewed are, sadly, no longer with us and so it is important that their stories have been captured on film.

Many of the stories that are told in this DVD are not ones I have heard anywhere else. John McNally from the Searchers, for example, telling about the first time he saw the Beatles at St John's Hall, where the crowd all stopped dancing and watched the band and John was having a fight on the stage! Ray Ennis also tells of showing up at the Cavern on a Friday night to see a huge crowd and thinking it would be full when the Swinging Blue Jeans played, only to find the fans were queuing to see the Beatles on the Saturday - sleeping there all night. It is fabulous to hear from people who were there when the Beatles arrived back from Hamburg to play Litherland Town Hall and, obviously, there is also lots of fascinating interview material with Pete Best himself. A really enjoyable DVD and well worth getting if you are interested in the early days of the band.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Siriam TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 3 May 2010
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The Pete Best history and specifically details surrounding his exit from the Beatles just before they made it into the big time is one of those "whodunnits" that has fascinated many Beatles observers (best demonstrated by Spencer Leigh's book on the subject) but been continually downplayed by the Beatles themselves as evidenced by the Anthology DVDs. That this Pete Best executive produced DVD is a well presented honest story of the facts with little emphasis on the speculation as to why, makes it all the better as evidence of how it probably was without fingers being pointed at anyone.

Best himself is featured across the whole DVD in a very open interview style and deserves credit for his very simple matter of fact approach including many stories of what happened where and when, that just ring true whether they refect well on Pete personally or not. Aided by many additional interviews from local band leaders and characters who were part of the Mersey scene (Howey Casey, Tony Crane and Ray Ennis with Alan Williams, Cynthia Lennon and Bill Harry); the Hamburg period (Klaus Voormann; Astrid Kircherr; Tony Sheridan amongst others who were involved with the Beatles in that time) plus several others including the Decca and EMI producers and engineers at the various sessions by the Beatles with Best playing, the whole DVD provides a thorough build up from the early scene at the Casbah to Best's life after the Beatles.

While given the complete silence by all of the Beatles towards him after his exit might one expect leave Best bitter still, the balance provided in this DVD is exemplary especially in acceptance of what happened is history.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Richard on 10 May 2011
Whatever the ins and outs were re Pete Best he is the Beatles who really WON if having the same wife is anything to go by.
He was unfortunate in other ways besides being ousted out of the Beatles.After all but for himm the Beatles just may never have been any more than a local act being unable to keep a drummer at the time.
Ironically it would be him who Decca signed via the Pete Best 4 though only one single was the result.
As the British Invasion began in the States the group who were then like the Dave Clark 5-both named after the drummer who was never the vocalist-included the writers who would be behind the Rubettes in the 70s-Bickerton & Waddington but the singles they made fell on deaf ears as there was no distribution.These singles are now on CD and show by aural evidence that they were good enough to have hit and were gathered on to an LP called Best Of The Beatles-a name which was actually very clever.
Also in the States at the same time were the Undertakers who came to very little and were always rumoured to have been the You Know Who group who had a hit single on the strength of this rumour saying that they were 2 Beatles and 2 Stones and with a sleeve of their album showing them from the back!
Fast forward to the 90s and Best becomes a millionaire because of a number of tracks on the Anthology.Today he's back in the business with a new CD but its now all down to Paul McCartney.If there's one thing he CAN'T do is to write a hit song for Pete Best
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